Napua began her solo recording career with the highly anticipated release of Pihana in August 2007. This debut album earned six nominations at the Na Hoku Hanohano Music Awards and later won the “Best Female Vocalist” award.
In 2010, Napua released her sophomore album, Mohalu. Which received three Na Hoku Hanohano awards in 2011, “Favorite Entertainer” by fans, “Female Vocalist of the Year” and for “Hawaiian Album of the Year.” A review from Honolulu Magazines’ Michael Keany said, “this autobiographical follow-up offers a satisfying progression, both musically and thematically. Original compositions mix well with standard hula favorites, and there’s even a rousing chant, “‘O Kane, ‘O Kukapau,” to close out the album, showcasing Napua’s background as an award-winning kumu hula.”
If you ask Napua what her most important kuleana in this life is, without hesitation she will tell you it is that of being a mother. She has two daughters, Kala’iakea and Ka’ilihiwa Greig and a son, Kahiau Suwa. These three children are her whole world. They are the splitting image of their mother and if you engage them in conversation, you will find they possess many of her character traits as well.
When asked how she manages to accomplish all she does, being a Kumu Hula, school teacher, recording artist, and Mommy, Napua responds that it is her children that drive her to do all she can in this life. “ I want them to see that with hard work and commitment, they can accomplish anything. I want them to know who they are by understanding where and who they came from. I can only teach by example, I want to be the best I can be to give them the best example I’m capable of.